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by Allen
Thu Apr 02, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Honduran Rosewood Baritone
Replies: 0
Views: 17

Honduran Rosewood Baritone

I love working with Honduran Rosewood. It rings like a brass bell when you tap it. And curly Jarrah is a perfect low key/classy combo for bindings. This is a 20" scale length with a compound radius fret board and tuned to DGBE. Rubner machine heads and a K&K Aloha Twin pickup. Finished in high gloss...
by Allen
Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Building a Baritone Uke
Replies: 13
Views: 272

Re: Building a Baritone Uke

Western Red Cedar is indeed soft but makes a great soundboard on nylon strung instruments.

Yellow Cedar is a bit harder and also makes a great soundboard. I've used both for clients.
by Allen
Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Perfect Coat for pore filling
Replies: 1
Views: 130

Re: Perfect Coat for pore filling

No, and I'd never use it for that purpose. This is to flow out a resin that would be like a bar top finish. You do not want any epoxy left on the surface. Only in the pores.
by Allen
Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:42 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Building a Baritone Uke
Replies: 13
Views: 272

Re: Building a Baritone Uke

It would be years ago that I think it was Robbie O'Brien showed a jig that clamped some brace wood that he would "spring" the brace into and pinch tight into the desired radius. Then it was a plane or flat piece of sandpaper on a board that would remove material so when released you had a radius on ...
by Allen
Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Stay Safe Out There!!
Replies: 7
Views: 364

Re: Stay Safe Out There!!

No difference to my life at all when you work out of the shed in the back yard. However my wife is now sharing my office space as she has relocated there. There is no "Me Time" now. :-)
by Allen
Tue Feb 04, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Stain on soundboard
Replies: 11
Views: 2658

Re: Stain on soundboard

Doesn't look like you had to be too agressive. Has it gone into the spruce, or is it more just in the finish?
by Allen
Sun Jan 26, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 'Milling' with a drill press
Replies: 7
Views: 2129

Re: 'Milling' with a drill press

You'd be better off buying a small milling machine if that is what you plan on using it for. I have a full size knee mill that is a kick ass drill, as well as full on milling anything from timber to steel. Works a treat for thicknessing bone for nuts and saddles.
by Allen
Sat Jan 25, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Qualities of Spruce
Replies: 17
Views: 3507

Re: Qualities of Spruce

All work well for either steel or nylon strings. But for my money on a classical my first pick would be Swiss Spruce or Lutz.
by Allen
Sat Jan 11, 2020 7:41 am
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: Updated Epoxy Pore Filling Demo - Video
Replies: 4
Views: 3395

Re: Updated Epoxy Pore Filling Demo - Video

I switched to BoatCoat several years ago and would never go back to WEST Systems. For the first application I use their TPRDA thinning additive that really allows the resin to penetrate into the timber and get to the bottom of the pores. As I'm always building more than one instrument at a time, I w...
by Allen
Fri Jan 03, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: Updated Epoxy Pore Filling Demo - Video
Replies: 4
Views: 3395

Updated Epoxy Pore Filling Demo - Video

A new video I shot to demo using epoxy resin filling a mahogany baritone ukulele. Some might find it useful.


youtu.be/f1zt0g7oYXM
by Allen
Mon Dec 23, 2019 6:57 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: The News Tonight
Replies: 9
Views: 2291

Re: The News Tonight

Weather couldn't be finer up in Cairns. Low 20's overnight to low 30's during the day and gentle occasional showers.
by Allen
Fri Dec 06, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Last instrument for 2019
Replies: 2
Views: 1812

Last instrument for 2019

I'll be shipping this one out next week for a client in Sweeden. Australian Blackwood with Yellow Cedar soundboard. Ebony fret boards, bridge and head plate veneers. SuppleJack bindings. Sap wood from an offcut of the back, and burl from some local tree that I have no idea what it is, but the color ...
by Allen
Thu Nov 28, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bulloak
Replies: 4
Views: 1281

Re: Bulloak

I've used it for bindings at 0.070" and 5 mm tall. Don't recal it being a problem but the edges are extrememly sharp until rounded over. You could easily cut yourself on them.
by Allen
Wed Nov 13, 2019 6:43 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: fretboard radiusing router bits
Replies: 18
Views: 3181

Re: fretboard radiusing router bits

I use the CNC to built the entire compount radius board, including purfling lines, inlays and stopped fret slots. And go about other things while that is happening. :D
by Allen
Sat Nov 09, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acoustic Bridge Types ...
Replies: 9
Views: 1918

Re: Acoustic Bridge Types ...

Can't say you'd ever be able to determine a difference in sound. I far prefer the string through bridge. Can be with bridge pins or without. I like without. Nice clean look and it's actually dead easy to restring. But it's surprising how some people are confused by the process. I've had a few music ...
by Allen
Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Concert Uke with Scrimshaw Inlay
Replies: 4
Views: 2312

Re: Concert Uke with Scrimshaw Inlay

asgilbert wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 1:49 pm
Wow, Piece of Art. Great job... Do people play these? I'd be worried about scratching it!!
Yes, as far as I'm aware they are played. I build them first and formost to be a great sounding and playing iinstrument.
by Allen
Sun Oct 20, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Concert Uke with Scrimshaw Inlay
Replies: 4
Views: 2312

Concert Uke with Scrimshaw Inlay

Blackwood and Yellow cedar with ebony. Faux Ivory with Scrimshaw shading. Blackwood and Yellow Cedar Concert - 1.jpg Blackwood and Yellow Cedar Concert - 2.jpg Blackwood and Yellow Cedar Concert - 3.jpg Blackwood and Yellow Cedar Concert - 4.jpg Blackwood and Yellow Cedar Concert - 5.jpg Blackwood a...
by Allen
Mon Oct 07, 2019 7:04 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: shed insulation
Replies: 8
Views: 2873

Re: shed insulation

I had mine insulated with foil lined fiber batts. My mate is a roofer and told me that for up here in Cairns that was by far the best option. The roofing sheets are pulled off to install.
by Allen
Mon Sep 30, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Opinions wanted on use of this Sitka top...
Replies: 7
Views: 2010

Re: Opinions wanted on use of this Sitka top...

I have plenty of soundboards that have wide grain spacing but so bloody stiff that I end up taking them thinner than others that would have narrower spacing.

Lots of my clients would pick that top because it looks like timber.
by Allen
Thu Sep 19, 2019 6:12 am
Forum: Jigs & Fixtures
Topic: Glueing the scarf joint
Replies: 5
Views: 3886

Re: Glueing the scarf joint

HHG and 4 Irwin clamps. One on each corner of the scarf. No jigs.

The HHG grabs and no slipping or squirming around like PVA glue does.
by Allen
Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Mouldy HHG
Replies: 2
Views: 1509

Re: Mouldy HHG

I presume you mean in glue that has been made up. If it's mouldy then toss it and make fresh. If you can't use up what you have in a resonable amount of time, then just make smaller batches. I mix up either 1 or 2 tablespoons of glue with double that in water in a small mustard jar that gets stored ...
by Allen
Tue Sep 10, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bote-cote epoxy
Replies: 11
Views: 3059

Re: Bote-cote epoxy

It has a very long shelf life. I buy the 1 litre resin and I go through it in about a year. I know that the regular and tropical hardener will yellow with age, so I always use the non-yellowing hardener. I typically make up 10 grams of resin plus 4.4 grams of hardener to pore fill a couple of instru...
by Allen
Sat Sep 07, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bote-cote epoxy
Replies: 11
Views: 3059

Re: Bote-cote epoxy

Only when pore filling. I found that with some timber it works better to use the TPRDA in at least 2 coats, but that could also be that I'm in the tropics and it will want to kick over quicker than in cooler climates.

Adding the TPRDA definately thins it out so it penetrates into the timber.
by Allen
Sat Sep 07, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bote-cote epoxy
Replies: 11
Views: 3059

Re: Bote-cote epoxy

As far as I'm aware its clearer than the regular resin. I've only ever used it after talking with the chemist, explaining what I was using epoxy for and it was his recommondation. Also if you want to make up by weight here are the exact weights from an email he sent me. I often just make up 5 grams ...
by Allen
Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bote-cote epoxy
Replies: 11
Views: 3059

Re: Bote-cote epoxy

rocket wrote:
Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:44 am
What is Bote Cote like to sand in comparison to West’s and Z poxy?

Rod.
Never used Z Poxy but compared to WEST Systems it sands like a dream. You'll kick yourself into next week for not switching sooner.